Nikolas Giannopoulos AIWS studied Hotel Management at the Centre International de Glion (member of Glion Institute of Higher Education). Over the last few years, he passed his Certified Sommelier Exams in London, UK, from the Court of Master Sommeliers and his WSET Diploma.
Nikolas is the only Greek sommelier that has gained the title of the Best Sommelier of Greece for three consecutive national competitions (2011, 2012 and 2014). In 2016 he represented Greece at the Competition for the Best Sommelier of the World held in Mendoza, Argentina, taking the 17th place.
He has received international awards including the first place at the Gaggenau Sommelier Awards 2014 that took place in Strasbourg, Alsace and was juried by Serge Dubs (Best Sommelier of the World 1989) and the 11th position at the Best Sommelier of Europe competition, organised by ASI in San Remo and Monaco. He has twice won the 3rd place in the International Young Sommelier Competition, organised by Chaine Des Rotisseurs and juried by the Court of Master Sommeliers.
His career was built through operational and managerial roles in fine-dining restaurants holding Michelin stars and a luxury yacht company. He has worked as Sommelier for Spondi (a 2 Michelin stars restaurant), Head Sommelier for Jerome Serres (1 Michelin star), Food & Beverage Manager for SG Yachting (owners of luxury yachts) and Wine Director at Nobu Matsuhisa Athens & Mykonos. Also, he was trained at Gordon Ramsay at Claridges in London (1 Michelin star), Aurora restaurant in London and Auberge de l'Ill in Alsace (3 Michelin stars).
His passion for wine, gastronomy and discreet service motivated him to create Oenophorum and share his expertise and experience.
Glion Hotel Management Diploma | WSET Diploma | Certified Sommelier (CMS) | Champagne Sommelier | Sake Sommelier (SSA) | Cigar Sommelier (Habanos) | Coffee Sommelier (Nespresso) | Water Sommelier (Acqua Panna, S.Pellegrino)